It's not too often a bright star will be positioned close to a nearby galaxy on the sky, but there are a few examples... like HD 106381, a star which is superposed on the edge of the galaxy PGC 39058.
But it's a coincidence: the star is 650 light years away, the galaxy 14 million
. It's actually a pretty dinky galaxy; we can see it clearly because that's actually a relatively close distance as galaxies go. The galaxy has millions of stars, but distance takes its toll, and the star appears far, far brighter -- even though in reality the star is not even visible to the naked eye!Get the hi-res version here.Image credit: ESA/Hubble